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15 Tips For Winterizing Your Pool

Closing Your Pool – Easy Tips for Winterizing Your Pool Winter is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your pool. Please follow these quick and easy steps to protect your swimming pool equipment. Shutting down your pool for the season is a normal procedure in many parts of the country that experience heavy snow…

Closing Your Pool – Easy Tips for Winterizing Your Pool

Winter is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your pool. Please follow these quick and easy steps to protect your swimming pool equipment. Shutting down your pool for the season is a normal procedure in many parts of the country that experience heavy snow and rain during the winter.

We recommend you follow Swim University and watch this great video. Your pool closing will go much more smoothly if you follow this simple checklist for winterizing your pool.


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Checklist for Winterizing Your Pool

  • Brush and vacuum pool. Clean out skimmer and pump baskets
  • Balance water-adjust Alkalinity and PH, add phosphate remover
  • Add winterizing chemicals – Sequa Sol, Algimycin winter algaecide, and Oxy-Brite. Allow to circulate for 24 hours (Kits are available in pool supply stores)
  • Clean and store cartridge filter or backwash sand filter
  • Raise sanitizer to 6-8 ppm
  • Drain water below skimmer line (1”- 2” inches below tile)
  • Drain skimmer lines by  vacuuming  out pipes  with shop vacuum
  • Plug skimmers with gizzmos (this will protect the skimmer from ice damage, gizzmos are available in pool supply stores )
  • Shut off auto fill, plug it off at pool wall, and fill with anti-freeze (Anti-freeze designed for pools are available in pool supply stores)
  • Add a pool anti-freeze to skimmers (non harmful to humans and pets, works to -50`)
  • Drain all equipment-pumps, heater, filters, solar etc.
  • Shut OFF all power (preventing system or timers from accidently turning on equipment)
  • Put a chemical floater with 3” chlorine tabs in the pool for the winter (this is for pools that are exposed to the elements, and without hard covers)
  • Cover your pool till spring
  • If you wish to run your system throughout the winter, we recommend putting gizzmos in skimmers and winterizing auto fill.

Does Winterizing Your Pool Protect It?

Wintering your pool is a great way to protect your investment. Those cold winter months can play havoc on your swimming pool if you don’t take proper precautions to properly close it for the winter. Winterizing is always smart – never drain your pool for the winter. We’ve heard of horror stories because homeowners did not properly close their pool and take steps to winterize it.

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Author: Pool Markerter
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